Mary James Ketch
Is a painter living in Norman, Oklahoma. With a background in filmmaking, she paints figures in a lyrical, dream-like world.
"I paint as a way to connect myself to awe and wonder. I am heavily influenced by evolutionary psychology, and while my artwork is about particular things that have happened to me, I am also looking for images that have a universal appeal. The characters in the paintings are rarely portraiture—rather, it’s about an experience of being human. I want the viewer to be able to enter into the painting fully, and have it call upon their vast wellspring of memories and emotions, which is why the images are often ambiguous and the figures missing faces.
I unabashedly love beauty and mystery and love. And my life seems to go much better when I can focus on these things rather than pain and sorrow and want. When I focus on the mystery, I feel humble. When I focus on beauty, I see it everywhere. And when I focus on love, my heart seems to leave the boundaries of my body. My aim is to create warm and approachable paintings that gives others some of the same joy I feel when creating them."
University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, MFA, Film Production
University of Oklahoma, BA, Film and Video Studies
2017 Kindred, Leslie Powell Gallery, Lawton, OK
2017 IAO Juried Show, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
2016 Utopia Current Gallery, OKC
2016 Concept: Survey Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa
2016 Fringe Annual Show Graphite Gallery, OKC
2015 Illuminate Mainsite Gallery, Norman, OK
2015 Fringe Annual Show, The Project Box, Paseo, OKC
2015 Husbands, Wives, and Lovers (solo exhibition) The Project Box, Paseo, OKC
2015 Choices, Cowboy Hall of Fame, OKC
2014 Solstice, Istvan Gallery, OKC
2014 Wings of Art, Istvan Gallery OKC
2013 Swoon, Istvan Gallery OKC
2013 Deep Six, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, OKC
2013 Reverie, a.k.a gallery, OKC
2013 Locus, Istvan Gallery, OKC